Holcim employees donate $500 to Christmas hamper program

[flagallery gid=35 name="Gallery"]This year, Holcim employees supported a raffle to raise funds for charities, all part Christmas season preparations. An impressive $1,000 was raised by the workers at the Colborne lakefront quarry and the Mississauga refining and business office. The employees then decided to give $500 to a charity in the Colborne area, the remaining $500 in Mississauga.

Saturday, Dec. 3, just before the annual Colborne Community Care Skate With Santa event, Holcim Corporate Social Responsibility Coordinator Barb Smith, right,  accompanied by Cramahe Councillor Pat Westrope, centre, presented a $500 cheque to Colborne Legion President Patti May, left, to support the Christmas hamper program.



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Memories of Morganston life shared

[flagallery gid=34 name="Gallery"]COLBORNE — Memories are wonderful, even when bittersweet. Life’s delights and wonders are savoured with recollection. Author Grahame Woods and wife Glorya were guests at the fifth author’s event of an ongoing series hosted by Br. 187 Colborne Legion. Woods’ new book, Rural Recollections, draws from nearly 30 years of farm life in the Morganston community south of Warkworth. Interspersing Grahame’s readings from the book were more details and connecting of dots to from the couple. Glorya became a real estate agent, after heading the CBC drama department in Toronto, and was the first female elected to Cramahe Twp. council. At one point, they had 19 head of cattle, two horses, sheep, peacocks, guinea hens, some chickens, many cats and an extensive garden. They became almost exclusively self-sufficient food-wise. As time went on, they shifted their diets to be almost vegetarian. “Near the end, it was almost exclusively a geriatric enterprise for livestock,” Grahame noted when the couple made the decision to relocate for retirement years in Cobourg. At the Sunday afternoon reading Dec. 4, the Woods were delighted to see former neighbours Jim and Debbie Puffer arrive. “In the rural communities, you depend and support one another,” Grahame had explained. “I shudder to think what would have become of us without our neighbours,” Glorya recalled. Also attending the reading were Northumberland Today columnist George Chandler and wife Betty. Cobourg author Linda Hutsell-Manning and husband James also arrived en route to an Oriana Singers event in Belleville.

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Last chance for roast beef dinner in 2011 this Friday, Dec. 2

Hard to believe but it’s the last roast beef dinner of 2011 being served Friday, Dec. 2. Mashed potatoes, gravy, two veg, bread, pickles (including Marilyn’s homemade beets), dessert, tea and coffee all for $10 per person serving 5 to 6:30 p.m. at 92 King St. E. in Colborne.

Yes, there is a mid-month dinner on Friday, Dec. 16. Given the season, we’ve opted for a comfort food-style menu of homemade meatloaf and fixings. Same price and hours of dinner service as above.

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Meet author Grahame Woods and wife Glorya this Sunday, Dec. 4

Come and enjoy our fifth author’s event this Sunday, Dec. 4, 2 to 4 p.m. Meet author Grahame Woods and wife Glorya at 92 King St. E.. Grahame’s book, Rural Reflections, has just been published! It provides lovely insights and vignettes from the Woods’ 27-year tenure as farm dwellers and, yes, farmers, in a community steeped in character, history and colour. Copies of the book will be available for sale and author’s signature. Light munchies will be served. Come celebrate our Cramahe Twp. community! There is no admission fee. Financial donations to our community services account are appreciated.

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Stuff the Avalanche for Christmas hampers this Saturday!

The push is really on now. To ensure the long list for Christmas hampers needs this year is met, we ask you to remember to contribute what you can. Food donations are welcome: there are bins located at Colborne’s Foodland, Downey’s pharmacy, here at the Legion, through community churches and at other locations.

This Saturday, Dec. 3, help “Stuff the Avalanche” vehicle with food donations at Colborne Foodland. Johnston Motors has loaned the vehicle for this annual event.

Hampers of food and gifts for children and families will be put together the week beginning Dec. 18 for distribution before Dec. 25. We urge you to support this much-needed effort with a financial donation, or in-kind gifts of food to the local food bank.

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Bid euchre tourney Dec. 4

There’s a BID euchre tournament the first Sunday of every month at Colborne Legion. Sunday, Dec. 4, register ($5 per player) by noon for an afternoon of play. Great prizes to be won! Light munchies served, too!

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Free! New Year’s Eve House party and New Year’s Day Levée

Enjoy a House Party New Year’s Eve at the Colborne Legion. There’s no charge!

Come relaxed to enjoy music, laughter, and friendship in our club room. Share a cup of cheer, watch the rest of the world go nuts on the big screen TV, sample some munchies!

Colborne Legion is your social community centre!

The annual New Year’s Day Levée will be held  the very next day, Jan. 1, 2012. From 1 p.m. throughout the afternoon, it’s Auld Lange Syne time for all ages! No charge and all are welcome!  This has become a Colborne institution.

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Silent auction starts Dec. 8; winds up with wine and cheese Dec. 11

Here’s a fun way to pick up some stocking stuffers and interesting gifts! The annual silent auction opens for bids Thursday, Dec. 8. Drop into the club room any day after 1 p.m. to place bids.  Final bids will be at 4 p.m. Dec. 11. Donations of new or VERY gently used items are most welcome and can be delivered to the branch after Nov. 26.

Come to the Christmas wine and cheese Sunday, Dec. 11 from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. for the silent auction wind-up. Everyone’s welcome — you don’t have to be a Legion member! There are always happy stories, friendly bidding and munchies too!

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Saturday, Dec. 3, deadline for sure-to-have Christmas gift cards

You shop for food, clothes, gifts, spa services and gas. Here’s a way of making it work for both you and the Colborne Legion. You can buy pre-paid “gift cards” for a whole host of name retailers. They never expire and you get the full value for the amount you buy. The retailer, in turn, pays a percentage (from 2 to 10%) of the value to the Legion. Among the many retailers included are Canadian Tire (including gas), No Frills (including gas), Your Independent Grocer, Metro, Ultramar, Staples, Winners, Giant Tiger and so on. For example, if you buy a $25 Mark’s Work Warehouse card, the Legion receives $1.75 and you get the $25 gift card. The next order goes in Saturday, Dec. 3 and Dec. 17. Last date for guaranteed delivery before Christmas is Dec. 3. Orders will be delivered on the Friday following. This is a great way to set aside your budgeted funds for groceries and goods and know you’ll have it for sure. Drop by the Colborne Legion to pick up an order form and make a cheque out to RCL Branch 187. Or, go on-line at www.fundscrip.com.

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Second annual Hickson/Leaming pool tourney held

COLBORNE — Twenty players came to vie for the title and cash prize in the second annual Scott Hickson and Dave Leaming Memorial Tournament at the Colborne Legion Sunday, Nov. 27.

With the players randomly twinned to form 10 teams, the action got underway shortly after noon. Competition was tight, winding up with a three-team playoff required at the end of the afternoon.

When play was done, first place went to Kim Hickson, widow of Scott, and Howie Bested (who travelled from Toronto to participate). Custom cue sleeves and cash were awarded. In addition, the duo will have their names engraved for the in-house trophy.

All winners will be receiving plaques to mark their pool prowess.

Second place went to Sharon Campbell and Bruce Ellis. Third place winners were Eric Mitchell and John Bedard.

Tournament organizer Bill Lutton praised matrix marvel Jim White who kept the logistics of competition on the roll.

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